SHC turns down request to take notice of beach deaths

August 1, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Saturday rejected the application filed by an advocate requesting it to take notice of beach tragedy in which 40 picnickers died after they drowned into the Arabian Sea off Karachi beach.

Advocate Muhammad Nadeem Shaikh, president of Justice Helpline Pakistan, addressed an application to the SHC Chief Justice asking him to initiate the legal proceedings against relevant authorities for their failure to devise contingency plan or standard operating procedure (SOP) that resulted in loss of lives.

In one-page letter, Shaikh submitted that at least 40 picnickers drowned into the sea while taking bath, due to lack contingency plan to avert the tragedy. Had the Defence Housing Authority (DHA), Cantonment Board, Police, Deputy Commissioner and other relevant authorities devised the emergency plan for Karachi beaches, such tragedy could have been prevented, he added.

He requested the court to initiate the proceedings in the matter and order action against officials responsible so that such incidents could be prevented in the future.

SHC Acting Chief Justice Faisal Arab disposed of the application while directing applicant to file a constitutional petition and underline the causes of the tragedy and suggest measures to avert it in future.

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